Case Studies

  • City of Chesapeake & Chesapeake Expressway Toll Road, Virginia

    PFM actively serves as financial advisor for the City of Chesapeake, Virginia, assisting in the development and implementation of a financial plan for the U.S. Highway 17/Dominion Boulevard replacement bridge as a toll facility.  This project continues more than a decade of successful planning and project implementation for the Chesapeake Toll System. 

    PFM was the financial advisor for the Chesapeake Expressway, Virginia’s first successful PPTA project.  The financing plan included investment-grade non-recourse toll revenue bonds, as well as a tiered series of subordinate loans from VDOT and the City of Chesapeake, all governed by a comprehensive city-state agreement.  PFM prepared the overall financing plans, led the credit rating process, ran the loan numbers and negotiated the loan agreements. 

    More recently, PFM, in conjunction with SDG, prepared a number of regional toll and project financial plans, working with the Hampton Roads Regional Planning Commission (the regional MPO), Virginia DOT and the City of Chesapeake to study six major projects as potential toll roads as well as regional funding sources.  PFM’s conclusions helped to facilitate the adoption of legislation that created the Hampton Roads Transportation Authority and authorization for transportation-related taxes and fees to supplement major project toll revenues.

    The prior work and studies have directly led to PFM’s ongoing work with the City for U.S. Highway 17/Dominion Boulevard, including an investment-grade credit assessment used for a TIFIA application.  The plan of finance incorporates the original Chesapeake Expressway project into a toll enterprise system.  The U.S. Highway 17 plan of finance contemplates parity senior lien toll revenue bonds, as well as a subordinate loan from the new Virginia Transportation Infrastructure Bank inserted prior to the third and fourth lien loans still outstanding on the system.

    This history of toll project development and financing illustrates PFM’s creativity in bringing together multiple sources and financing techniques to create and expand a toll facility system.





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